Maryland Outdoor Club
Sun, Jun 12 2005 - Easy Nature Center Hike (View Original Event Details)

Event Organizer(s): Kim Buhrman, Casey Starshine
Participants:Kim Buhrman, Kirsten Day, Danielle Cayea, Christian Buhrman, Mark Reynolds, Casey Starshine, Uriah Starshine, Koubik Laura, CJ KOUBIK, Veronica Sessoms, Taylor Sessoms, Raven Sessoms, Sarah James, Leo Seung, Pamela Silberman, Ian Preuss, Jim Powell

Write Up:
Twenty members (2 dogs, 5 kids, and 13 adults) met at the Bear Branch Nature Center, in Westminster, Maryland. The weather was warm and no rain appeared to be in sight. A scout of the trail the night before revealed a fallen tree and extremely tall grass in some areas, so the original plan of 4 miles was reduced to less than 3 miles.

After introductions, we left the parking lot around 10:45 a.m. and started on the Vista trail, walking past wild strawberries and through an open field. We continued on the Vista trail to a pond and then moved on to the Birds of Prey exhibit. All of the birds have suffered permanent injuries that prevent their survival in the wild, so the birds are cared for by the Nature Center and assist with educational programs. On this day, we saw a bald eagle, hawks, and owls.

The hike continued through Camp Hashawha, and the group stopped briefly to admire an obstacle course set in the trees. We continued to Martin cabin and to a teepee area. By this time, we were on one of the wilderness loops (the only one still accessible) and we continued to the stream trail. On the stream trail, someone spotted a box turtle, which we all stopped to admire. The hike continued to a grassy area where we stopped to take a break and members played in the creek or on the wire bridge. We then continued to Lake Hashawha, stopping briefly at the pavilion before finally ending back at the Nature Center around 1:30 p.m. Some checked out the exhibits in the center (including snakes, insects, and other animals), while others left to enjoy the rest of their Sunday.

This was a very leisurely, relaxing hike. I hope everyone enjoyed it as much as I did and Casey and I are looking forward to more kid-friendly events in the future.

--Kim Buhrman and Casey Starshine

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